Shafqat Mehmood says colleges to reopen countrywide, besides in Sindh

Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood addressing a press conference in Islamabad, on August 4, 2021. — YouTube
Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood addressing a press convention in Islamabad, on August 4, 2021. — YouTube

Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood  on Wednesday mentioned the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC) has determined to maintain academic establishments throughout the nation open, except Sindh.

Mehmood mentioned Minister for Education Sindh Saeed Ghani had knowledgeable the IPEMC the province’s colleges would stay closed until August 8. Ghani mentioned the provincial authorities would assessment the COVID-19 scenario earlier than August Eight to resolve the following plan of action for reopening colleges and conducting examinations.

The training minister’s press convention comes after he chaired a gathering of the IPEMC to assessment the newest coronavirus scenario, closure, and opening of colleges.

On the opposite hand, Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have determined to reopen colleges in a staggered method, with 50% attendance.

Key selections

– Schools to open in a staggered method.

– 50% attendance to be noticed.

– Universities, schools to open with no restrictions.

– Sindh’s colleges to stay closed until August 8.

– Exams to happen based on agenda.

– Sindh to announce agenda later.

– Students to get 5% additional marks in exams.

The IPEMC determined to reopen universities and schools with no restrictions imposed, nevertheless, the contributors of the assembly expressed issues over the coronavirus scenario in larger training establishments, mentioned Mehmood.

“The overall vaccination rate in the education [sector] has reached 83%, but inoculations are lagging in higher education institutions which should be ramped up,” the training minister mentioned.

For this, the training ministers have been urged to make particular efforts to get college college students — as they’re above 18-years of age — and lecturers, vaccinated, Mehmood mentioned.

In this regard, it’s essential that transport personnel get vaccinated and a deadline of August 31 has already been set for them, the training minister mentioned.

Mehmood mentioned all of the examinations would proceed based on schedule, whereas there can be adjustments in Sindh’s timetable. “The exams of classes 9, 10, 11, and 12 will take place in accordance with their date sheet.”

Shedding mild on one other vital choice, he mentioned the IPEMC had determined to conduct examinations of solely elective topics, and the marks obtained in them can be proportionally allotted for obligatory topics.

“The IPEMC has decided the students would be given an additional 5% marks in exams as according to research, students get better marks in compulsory subjects,” he mentioned.

“The next education-related meeting will take place on August 25, along with the National Command and Operations Centre. Till then, these decisions will remain in place,” Mehmood mentioned.

For now, I request college students to not pay heed to information on social media as there are lots of rumours there, he mentioned, including genuine information can be introduced by the training ministry.

“Every decision we take is in the best interest of students.”

The IPEMC assembly

All the provincial training ministers, related senior officers, and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan attended the assembly.

The contributors had mentioned the beginning of the brand new tutorial session, reopening of colleges in mild of the present COVID-19 scenario, and vaccination of college lecturers and different employees members.

Actions to strengthen efficiency for inclusive and responsive training, funding, coordination, and reporting additionally got here underneath dialogue.

Sindh’s colleges to stay shut until August 8

Following the assembly, Education Minister Saeed Ghani mentioned all academic establishments within the province would stay closed until August Eight and the remaining intermediate exams in Sindh will happen after the coronavirus scenario will get higher.

The training minister, in an announcement, mentioned that the academic establishments will stay closed consistent with Sindh’s coronavirus restrictions imposed as a part of a province-wide lockdown.

“The coronavirus situation in Sindh, and especially Karachi, is not satisfactory,” the training minister mentioned, including it the choice can be reviewed on August 8.

Ghani confused that the coronavirus circumstances in Karachi and Hyderabad had been a lot higher as in comparison with different components of the nation. Keeping that in thoughts, it isn’t possible to reopen colleges, he mentioned.

“The provincial coronavirus task force will meet on August 8 and will decide the way forward,” the training minister mentioned.

Sindh had suspended all exams after it imposed a lockdown within the province on July 31, additionally suspending all in-person education-related actions.


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